Over the last year, the Freemasons of Ontario District has been hosting a variety of events to raise funds and awareness for Wounded Warriors Canada. Recently, at WindReach Farms, the Masons of Ontario District announced they have raised $34,082 in support of Wounded Warriors Canada’s couples-based Equine Therapy program.

Kevin Wilson, District Deputy Grand Master, commented, “Our partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada over the last year is one of great importance to all Masons of Ontario District. We have many Masons and their Family members who have, or currently serve our Canadian Armed Forces, Emergency Services, 911 Dispatch and Corrections Institutions. The Masons of Ontario District have truly embraced this partnership not just in our fundraising efforts, but in raising awareness around mental health and the amazing programs administered by Wounded Warriors Canada and the positive impact they have directly in our communities.”

Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada, commented, “Within masonry, giving is the greatest gift. Over the last year we have witnessed the commitment masons make to charity first hand through the support ofthe Masons of Ontario District. Through their numerous events, we have been able to raise much needed awareness and funds that will now be put to use – providing life changing impact through our couples-based equine therapy program, facilitated right here in Durham Region. This partnership is the definition of what it means to be #InThisTogether for mental health.”

The Wounded Warriors Canada couples-based equine therapy program is a clinically facilitated group program that uses Equine Assisted Learning to practice the gentle art of offering trust and respect while working with horses. Because horses are hyper vigilant and rely on their instinctive sensitivity to assess and manage imminent risk, the aim is to translate the feedback horses provide to a human relationship context allowing participants to gain new insights about themselves and their relationships.